Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Brown China Summit 2016

Friday, April 22 –
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Friedman Auditorium, 190 Thayer Street

To register and learn more about this conference click here.

This conference is free and open to the public.Reserve your ticket here.

Watch webcast - April 23

Watch webcast - April 22

This year’s BCS theme, “A China for Everyone,” hopes to address the following question: as China changes, is it successfully creating a China for everyone?

Through our Education and Social and Technology Entrepreneurship panels, we hope to examine how China’s changes to its educational policies are incorporating – or failing to incorporate – previously marginalized youth populations, such as ethnic minorities and migrant students, and how China’s burgeoning entrepreneurial and startup culture is making social participation accessible for all.

Through our Foreign Policy panel and Keynote Speech, we hope to study how China’s expanding global influence, through its products, trends, and ideologies, is making a China for everyone around the world.


Brown China Summit is an annual event organized by a team of Brown undergraduate and graduate students. It is sponsored by the China Initiative at the Watson Institute for International & Public Affairs. The summit was created with the goal of bridging Brown and by creating opportunities for face-to-face conversations with leading figures in various fields, discussing China-related topics and introducing the dynamics in the development of China through speeches and presentations.

Brown China Summit 2016 consists of a keynote speech and three panels (Education, Foreign Policy and Social & Technological Entrepreneurship).


─ Schedule ─

Friday, April 22nd

5:00pm-6:30pm  

Opening Ceremony & Keynote Speaker

Ezra F. Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, Harvard University

Saturday, April 23rd

9:30am - 11:00am Foreign Policy Panel:  Chas Freeman, Former U.S. Amabassador to Saudi Arabia; Co-Chair of US China Policy Foundation (click here for link to paper)

11:00am - 1:00pm Education Panel:  Sebastien Carrier, Programme Director of Stepping Stones China, Xiaoyan Liang, World Bank China Education Team Leader, Hong Liu, Co-Founder and Executive Director of PEER, Myra Pong, Fulbright Scholar, The University of Hong Kong

2:30pm - 3:00pm Christina Paxson, President of Brown University

3:00-5:00pm Social and Technological Entrepreneurship Panel:  Julia Qin, Founder of No One, Jean Tan, Founder of EMIE Techonology Co., Ltd, Yan Yan, Co-Founder of Startup Salad, Stephany Zoo, League of Extraordinary Women

5:00-5:30pm Reception + Meet & Greet Speakers

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China Initiative